1st Social Progress Cities Summit

Umeå, Sweden
17 September2019

Under the umbrella of the European Social Progress Index, this international event will bring together European cities that are top-ranked on the European Social Progess Index (EU SPI) within their countries. The EU SPI aims to measure social progress for each region as a complement to traditional measures of economic progress. Collectively this summit forms an international network of city leadership that champions the role of Social Progress in their countries.

This 1st meeting of Social Progress leading cities in Europe is a new way to engage the local level in the formation of the European Social Pillar post 2020. The programme will focus on the exchanges of good examples on social inclusion and progress from the cities, complementing the more traditional GDP-measure as a way of well-being. It will also demonstrate the EU Social Progress Index Pilot project, which aims to test how the Social Progress Index could be used to inform and improve policy making in relation to policies supported by the EU cohesion policy. A declaration including policy suggestions to the EU Social Pillar post 2020 will be adopted at the end of the Summit.

Umeå, being one of the runner-ups to the European Capital of Innovation 2018, as well as the biggest city in the region leading the EU Social Progress Index, is delighted to host this 1st Summit for Social Progress Cities. Over the coming months, we will focus our efforts to ensure that a strong agenda can be discussed by all Social Progress Cities summit participants, and key policy messages can be delivered. During the Summit, there will be time and space for networking among peers and invited guests. We will also provide for food and accommodation for 2 persons per city during the conference.
We hope that you will be able to join us at what we hope will be a crucial milestone in the evolution of the European Social Pillar post 2020, and in city leadership.

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More information will follow shortly, if you have any queries, please contact socialcities@umea.se.